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A Study on the Impact of an Academic Library on its Users

  • Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2011, 45(3), pp.163-186
  • DOI : 10.4275/KSLIS.2011.45.3.163
  • Publisher : 한국문헌정보학회
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : July 15, 2011
  • Accepted : August 10, 2011

Soonhee Pyo 1 Min-Jung Kim 1 Hyun-Soo Kim 1 Hye-Yeon Ahn 1

1성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

University library evaluations have previously put emphasis on how many collections a library has, what kinds of services it offers, and how satisfied its users are with the services. But these evaluations are not enough to show how much impact university libraries have on their stakeholders and how they can contribute to the mission and purpose of the parent organization. This study is a starting point of discussion for the impact and value measurement of university libraries. The aim is to identify a university library’s impact in terms of various stakeholders and accordingly determine its measuring element. The impact of a university library on students can be measured by the students’ study, success and accomplishments. The impact on professors can be measured through the success of their teaching and research productivity. Finally, the impact on a university can be realized by understanding how a library affects university’s reputation and success.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.